The temperatures were a bit chilly, but it didn’t take long for the hundreds of runners gathered in Cheshire last Saturday to warm up. All were there to participate in the annual Hot COCO 5K and Kids Fun Run, hosted by Abilities Without Boundaries (AWB).
Organizers expected more than 800 participants in this year’s event — a record turnout.
Hot COCO is held each year for the benefit of AWB, a non-profit organization based in Cheshire that provides individuals with disabilities “the freedom and opportunity to succeed in social and vocational pursuits within a safe, nurturing environment.” The 5K and Kids Fun Run began at Norton School and traveled along the Linear Trail, as well as through Cheshire neighborhoods.
“We want our local community to be more aware of the developmentally disabled adults we serve. Their needs are often overlooked,” said Dr. Lloyd Saberski, Abilities Without Boundaries Board member and Hot COCO Race chairman, before the event. “Abilities Without Boundaries offers an important service to our community and the race greatly raises our organization’s visibility. We rely upon our community to provide job opportunities for our program participants, as well as funding support.”